Bananas are incredibly versatile fruits that can be used to make refreshing smoothies, add delicious flavor to a baked meal, or simply eaten on-the-go. That might explain why they are one of the world’s most popular fruits: Over 96 percent of households in the U.S purchase bananas at least once a month.
So we love eating bananas. But is this obsession good for us?
The research says yes. Bananas have a lot more going for them than simply an affordable price and sweet flavor. Studies indicate that the magic number is three–by eating three bananas per day, you provide your body with about 1500mg of potassium, and loads of health benefits.
So what exactly are the benefits?
Here are 10 amazing health benefits of eating bananas every day:
1. Bananas lower high blood pressure.
When people hear about aloe, they often will think immediately of the bottle of green gel that gets brought out every time someone has a sunburn. While aloe is indeed a fantastic topical aid, treating red and peeling skin isn’t the only purpose this incredible plant serves.
Having been used medicinally for thousands of years, aloe can be traced back to ancient Egypt where pictures of the plant appear on pyramids and alongside the Pharaohs buried within. Due to it’s ability to remedy so many maladies, aloe was once referred to as “the plant of immortality”. To this day the plant is often grown, purchased, and used to treat a wide variety of issues.
Let’s take a look at seven scientifically based benefits that this gift from nature can provide.
I consider myself an anxious person. Sometimes it serves me well—like when I’m walking home alone at night, keys wedged between my pointer and middle finger in case I have to defend myself. Other times? Let’s just say I’ve left my share of overcrowded parties in anxiety-induced tears.
So what gives? Why are some people at ease shopping in a swarming grocery store while others are searching for the nearest exit? When it comes to anxiety, there’s a lot more at play than whether or not you inherited your mother’s nervous-Nellie tendencies. Here, 6 surprising reasons why you just can’t seem to relax.
1. You really, really like your couch.
If you’re still sitting all the time even though you know it seriously ups your risk for developing diseases like cancer and diabetes, maybe this news will get you off your tuchus: Sedentary behaviors—like sitting for work, travel, or TV time—may increase your risk of developing anxiety, according to a recent review published in the journal BMC Public Health. Of the nine studies included in the review, most of them found at least one association between the time spent sitting down and the likelihood of anxiousness. Researchers believe poor health and decreased physical activity is at play, as exercise often eases anxiety.
Think of vitamins and nutrients as an army that will fight off age-related ailments. And the best way to build this army is by eating a healthy, well-rounded diet, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, manager of wellness nutrition programs at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. While it’s always important to eat well, it becomes especially essential around age 40 because that’s when the rules start to change, she says.
“Your body probably isn’t working the same way at 40-plus as it was at 20,” she says. Muscle mass starts to deteriorate, we’re much more likely to put on weight, menopause may (or may soon) start, and risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes begins to increase—which means your battle plan needs to start looking a little different.
One solution is getting enough of the right vitamins and nutrients, which is possible through healthy eating—and food sources are typically (but not always) a better bet than supplements because they’re better absorbed, Kirkpatrick says. Below, the key nutrients to look out for, and the best ways to get them.
Onions, spicy dishes, and fried foods have gotten a bad rap. While there’s some evidence these foods can trigger heartburn, experts say how you eat is more important than what you eat when it comes to controlling painful flare-ups.
“The old adages about onions and fruit juice and things like that—those foods are not as problematic as we used to think,” says Michael D. Brown, MD, a professor of medicine and digestive diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “When I talk to patients now, we talk about how much they eat and how they eat it, not what they eat.”
Other experts agree. “The evidence to support eliminating certain foods to reduce the symptoms of heartburn is not strong,” says Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD, director of the Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance at Drexel University.
So what is causing your heartburn? Brown says heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, or the bubbling up of stomach acids into your esophagus. Your esophagus—which connects your throat to your stomach—isn’t designed to handle those acids, so reflux creates a painful burning sensation.
Persimmon is a sweet fruit which is available in autumn and winter days. The color may vary from light yellow, orange to dark red. It has to be said that the real source of health.
Prevention of cancer
Persimmon is full of antioxidants like vitamins A, C and K. These antioxidants protect the body from the effects of oxidative stress, which can help to strengthen the immune system and defense against diseases. The consequences of oxidative stress are often associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease and various cancers.
It’s the wonder-vitamin of the moment, and with good reason: Getting enough vitamin D seems to protect against just about everything, from cancer and depression to heart disease and an earlier death. When it comes to the sunshine vitamin, you’ve heard it all before—or so you think.
It turns out there are a handful of lesser-known reasons you’ll want to guarantee you get your daily dose. Which, by the way, is frustratingly tricky to pin down. The Institute of Medicine currently recommends men and women get 600 IU of vitamin D a day, but recent research suggests those guidelines are way too low—one possible reason about 42% of American adults seem to be vitamin D deficient. The IOM currently lists 4,000 IU a day as the highest amount of vitamin D you could take and still be safe, but we might need more like 7,000 to truly reap the vitamin’s biggest benefits.
Until science figures it out, let the following benefits inspire you to get some sensible sun exposure , eat more sources of naturally occurring vitamin D, and consider a supplement.
Oatmeal is easy to love. It’s a warm, filling whole grain that is easy to prepare and packs a nutritious punch. You may be wondering, what’s the difference between rolled or steel cut oats? Rolled oats have simply been steamed and rolled-over to flatten before packaging. Steel cut oats, on the other hand, are just oats chopped up into smaller pieces with a sharp blade. Both maintain their whole grain status, so choose the one you like best because they’re both healthful choices!
In fact, a few things will happen if you start eating oatmeal everyday. For example:
1. You’ll manage (or maybe lose!) weight
Ah, the Thanksgiving feast, where the number of dishes—and your family’s ability to sneak butter and cream into every dish—reinforce the themes of abundance and gratitude.
But it doesn’t mean you have to go on a ten-day juice cleanse.
Jessica Sepel, nutritionist and author of The Clean Life: Rebuilding Your Relationship with Food. Your Body and Your Mind, shares five smart detox tips that are super easy to do—anywhere. Yes, even at your parents’ place.
“Our holiday habits–overeating, excess sugar, alcohol, and less rest–can impede the body’s ability to detox naturally. The liver is the master of detoxification, but it becomes sluggish when we abuse it,” says Jessica Sepel.
This easy detox—with tips like dry body brushing and 20 minutes of yoga—will help lift your energy and leave you feeling rejuvenated. Just in time for another approaching holiday…
1. Lemon water. You might be tired (or even a little hungover…), but your morning latte is not the answer.
After a weekend of indulging, it’s no surprise you feel bloated on Monday. But it’s not always rich, fatty foods that cause ballooning in your midsection. It turns out that the biggest culprits for those prone to tummy troubles are FODMAPs, finds research from The International Journal of Clinical Practice.
The acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. In short: “These carbohydrates are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract,” says Julia Greer, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. This process creates gas, which leads to symptoms like bloating.
For short-term relief, Greer recommends lying on your stomach, exercising, and drinking water to help gas bubbles move along. But if you frequently have that too-full feeling, Lin Chang, MD, professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, suggests keeping a daily diary that includes meals, bloating symptoms, and bowel habits to help identify triggers. You may find that the 7 foods below are common offenders.